A Thunder Of Drums


The trials and tribulations of bitter veteran Captain Maddocks and argumentative rookie Lieutenant McQuade at a cavalry desert outpost.

ACTORS :  Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten


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A Thunder Of Drums, Captain Maddocks will never be promoted beyond Captain because of a mistake that he made in the past. Lt. McQuade is a green rookie who is now under the command of the tough Captain and he does not seem to be able to do anything right. Lt. McQuade also has trouble with Tracey, but it will be the renegade Indians that will test him and teach him the importance of following orders.

A Pretty Good Western Movie

A Thunder Of Drums, About the same time a cavalry lieutenant by the name of “Curtis McQuade” (George Hamilton) arrives at his new post in the desert a band of renegade Indians begin terrorizing the inhabitants of the area. But nobody knows for sure if these Indians are Comanche or Apache and until that question is answered any solution to the problem cannot be undertaken. But that isn’t the only problem at this fort as Lt. McQuade also runs into his former girlfriend, “Tracey Hamilton” (Luana Patten) who just happens to be engaged to a fellow officer named “Lt. Thomas Gresham” (James Douglas). To further complicate matters, the commanding officer “Captain Stephen Maddocks” (Richard Boone) doesn’t particularly care for Lt. McQuade and lets him know it right away. Anyway, rather than disclose the story and risk spoiling the film for those who haven’t seen it I will just say that this was a pretty good western movie which tended to depict life at a frontier post in a less than favorable light. Although a couple of the actors could have used more screen time I liked the addition of Charles Bronson (as “Trooper Hanna”), Richard Chamberlain (“Lt. Porter”), and Arthur O’Connell (“1Sgt Karl Rodermill”) along with the aforementioned George Hamilton and Richard Boone. In any case, I enjoyed this movie and rate it as slightly above average.

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